Rave Reviews For Modernism Week Show House - Get There While You Can This Weekend

Blogged By John-Patirck - 

The Blog World and Palm Springs tastemakers are all a buzz, naming The Christopher Kennedy Compound as the #1 Must-Experience Event for Modernism Week this year. Billed as the ultimate Palm Springs remodel - the Show House has all the bells and whistles that draw Modernists to Palm Springs. Vintage furniture. Amazing architecture. And nostalgic mid-century pizzazz. Christopher Kennedy, the design-world's man of the moment, called upon nine of the nation's top designers, and more than sixty Brand Partners from Crossville Tile, Silestone, Thermador, Sherwin-Williams and Aran Cucine to reimagine a classic early 1970s home in the toney Indian Canyons - for the way people live in Palm Springs today.

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Los Angeles I'm Yours - blogged by Kyle Fitzpatrick, named The Compound a contemporary Modernist's fantasy. In his latest post, Fitzpatrick writes about Modernism Week in general - but calls out Kennedy's Modernism Week Show House as a do-not-miss attraction.

Excerpt: "All of the happenings (at Modernism) are a delight but one was very special and quite different from the rest. That title goes to The Christopher Kennedy Compound, an interior design wet dream as the entire house was broken down into little spaces for designers and creatives to build out fantasy Palm Springs living quarters. Yes, it is as decadent as you can imagine." For the full story: Click Here

In the Hollywood Reporter's recap of Modernism Week - their guide to some of this year’s top desert design experiences, they named The Compound the #1 Must-Experience Event. For the full story: Click Here

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Linda Allen, of Live Anywhere Lighting and Lori Dennis, star of HGTV's Real Designing Women, smiled for the camera on the Ms. Dennis-designed terrace at the Show House. Just a few of the interior design world's royalty who have joined the thousands of Modernists who have flocked to Christopher Kennedy's Show House.

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Julia Molloy of Molloy Management and the Business of Luxury Design posted: "Oh my gosh! Had the greatest day with Christopher Kennedy at his Show House at Modernism Week in Palm Springs! Wow!"

Erin Marie Woolf Hernandez of EM Designs posted: "It was awesome! All apart of Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Christopher Kennedy was the amazing brainchild of the Show House and had some of the best - displaying their talents room by room."

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Palm Springs' own entertainer extraordinaire, Bella da Ball, shown above with Show House docent, Ken Mau, posted: "What a gorgeous property. Love all the rooms and everything from inside and all around. What great design, colors, textures, furniture, art, lighting, appliances, coordination....simply beautiful, intriguing, delicious, divine!"

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Patricia Lockwood, founding member of the Palm Springs Chapter of the Interior Design Society, posted: "Well done Christopher - so proud of you and this amazing accomplishment!"

Laurie Weitz - the Palm Springs resident passionista posted: "The Christopher Kennedy Compound Show House is a WOW! There are surprises in each room and you will take away ideas and see some things most of us have not seen before. Trina Turk of course did not disappoint. She added her amazing style and touch, making the pool area pop with true Palm Springs chic style as only she can!"

ABOUT THE SHOW HOUSE: Christopher Kennedy teamed up with Luxe Interiors + Design, with the goal of creating the Show House to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. The Show House opened for public tours last Saturday February 15th and runs through this Sunday. Tickets for daytime tours of The Show House can be purchased online by clicking here, and at The Compound during daytime tour hours, 9 am - 3 pm, Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23. The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House is located at 444 East Santiago Way, Palm Springs, CA 92264. 

Dering Hall on Patrick Dragonette's Den at Modernism Week Show House

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The writers from Dering Hall, the online marketplace for the finest interior designers, architects, artisans, and design galleries spoke with Patrick Dragonette about his design for the Den at The Christopher Kennedy Compound.

Dering Hall is the online marketplace for the finest interior designers, architects, artisans, and design galleries to showcase their work and high-end home furnishings.

Click here to read the story on Dering Hall

Dering Hall, Spearheaded by designer Christopher Kennedy, the goal for the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. Tickets for daytime tours of The Show House can be purchased online by clicking here, and onsite during daytime tour hours, at the Show House, located at 444 East Santiago Way, Palm Springs, CA 92264

The remodel includes hundreds of thousands of dollars in the latest and best innovations in construction and design elements including movable glass walls from LaCantina Doors & Windows, smart home technology by Crestron Electronics, and fixtures by Gessi and Neo-Metro.

Nancy Larsen-Haas, who traveled from New York to attend the opening day festivities was amazed at how well orchestrated the home tour experience was. "We had our paper tickets we purchased online with us. Even though there were about 150 people queued up when we first arrived, the lines went fast and once we got through the entry gate, everything moved so smoothly. We were allowed to take our time looking at all the gorgeous rooms and outdoor spaces. What an experience!"

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONSITE THROUGH SUNDAY 2/23/14

Show House Honors Original Builder John Caranci

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February 20, 2014 - Things came full circle at The Christopher Kennedy Compound last night when designer Christopher Kennedy, who spearheaded the Modernism Week Show House as a fund raising event for Modernism, honored the family of John Caranci, Sr., who originally concepted and built the home back in the early 1970s. This was the family's first return to the house since they lived in it when it was first built.

Ann Caranci, and Frank Caranci, wife and son of John Caranci, Sr., the original builder of the home at 444 East Santiago Way, Palm Springs - now known as The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House - were special guests of honor at the Architectural Twilight Tour of the Show House held Wednesday, February 20, 2014 as part of Modernism Week 2014.

Ann Caranci, and Frank Caranci, wife and son of John Caranci, Sr., the original builder of the home at 444 East Santiago Way, Palm Springs - now known as The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House - were special guests of honor at the Architectural Twilight Tour of the Show House held Wednesday, February 20, 2014 as part of Modernism Week 2014.

The family of John Caranci, Sr., the original builder of the home at 444 East Santiago Way, Palm Springs - now known as The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House - were special guests of honor at the Architectural Twilight Tour of the Show House held Wednesday, February 20, 2014 as part of Modernism Week 2014. L-R: John Caranci Jr, Marie Caranci, Frank Caranci, Christopher Kennedy, Ann Caranci and Carrie Ann Caranci

The family of John Caranci, Sr., the original builder of the home at 444 East Santiago Way, Palm Springs - now known as The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House - were special guests of honor at the Architectural Twilight Tour of the Show House held Wednesday, February 20, 2014 as part of Modernism Week 2014.

L-R: John Caranci Jr, Marie Caranci, Frank Caranci, Christopher Kennedy, Ann Caranci and Carrie Ann Caranci

According to John-Patrick, Associate Producer of the Modernism Week Show House, the history of the original property has been vague for the past thirty years. When Kennedy purchased the property with the goal of turning it into a Designer Show Case House to raise $100,000 for Modernism Week and other architectural preservation efforts, all evidence and records credited the design to iconic mid-century architect Stan Sackley.

"Christopher and I both sensed something wasn't quite right. Past real estate listings, public records, and other reports credited Sackley," explained John-Patrick. "It looked like a Sackley, his influence was definitely there. But we elected to keep digging. By talking to the Palm Springs Historical Society, perusing every public record we could find, and talking to former owners of the property, we learned that the home was actually designed and constructed by John Caranci, Sr. who passed fifteen years ago."

Further research lead John-Patrick to Caranci's family, who still live in the Coachella Valley. "I first spoke to John, Sr.'s son Frank, who is still building here in the desert, about six weeks ago. We had an emotional, heart felt conversation about Frank's dad and the true history of the property. A short time later I had another equally emotional conversation with John, Jr. The family agreed to join us for the festivities at the Show House, and were honored that their father was finally receiving the credit he deserves as the builder."

Through their conversations with the Caranci family, John-Patrick and Christopher Kennedy learned that the architecture was in fact influenced by Sackley. John, Sr. was friendly with Sackley and an admirer of his work. But the home is truly credited to Caranci.

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Kennedy teamed up with Luxe Interiors + Design, with the goal of creating the Show House to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. Tickets for daytime tours of The Show House can be purchased online by clicking here, and onsite during daytime tour hours, at the Show House, located at 444 East Santiago Way, Palm Springs, CA 92264


Family of John Caranci to attend Architectural Twilight Tour at The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House

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February 19, 2014 - The family of John Caranci, who built the home now known as The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House 2014, is expected to attend the Architectural Twilight Tour to be held at the Show House this evening from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. A small number of tickets are still available.

Caranci's two sons, his wife, and a grand daughter, have accepted Christopher Kennedy's invitation to join the festivities celebrating Modernism Week and John Caranci, who originally designed and built the home in the early 1970s.

Below are some Polaroid pictures from when the home was first built. The photos were graciously supplied by the Caranci family.

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Spearheaded by Christopher Kennedy, and presented by Luxe Interiors + Design, the show house celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style. Being billed as the quintessential Palm Springs remodel, The Compound has been named the #1 Must-Experience Modernism Week event by The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to read story.

Kennedy called upon the nation's top designers including Jiun Ho, Celerie Kemble, Woodson & Rummerfield, Tamara-Kaye Honey, Thomas Lavin and Lori Dennis to reimagine the John Caranci-built home for the way we live in Palm Springs today.

According to Kennedy, Mr. Caranci built a fabulous home with great bones, a wonderful flow, and architectural features that truly captured the essence of Palm Springs of the late 60s and early 70s. "Most of those features carry over to the way we live here in the desert today," explained Kennedy. "Obviously, this home was right on trend, if not ahead of it, when first built. We can see how John Caranci was influenced by the vision and talent of the iconic architect Stan Sackley."

Now, Kennedy has called upon top designers from across the country, and manufacturers of the brightest and best in today's building materials and fixtures from across the globe, to reimagine Mr. Caranci's masterpiece for today.

The remodel includes hundreds of thousands of dollars in the latest and best innovations in construction and design elements including moveable glass walls from LaCantina Doors & Windows, smart home technology by Crestron Electronics, and fixtures by Gessi and Neo-Metro.

Award-winning landscape designer Sammy Castro worked with Centeno's Nursery, Landscape Illuminators, The Leak Detectors and Back Nine Greens to create the gardens and exterior living spaces for the Show House.

Kennedy's goal for the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. Tickets for daytime tours of The Show House can be purchased online by clicking here, and onsite during daytime tour hours, at the Show House, located at 444 East Santiago Way, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Live From Modernism Week Show House

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Allan DallaTorre and Brandon Smith did a live broadcast from The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House, reporting on some of the design elements.

Lori Dennis, one of the celebrity designers participating in The Christopher Kennedy Compound, with Mike Ragan and Allan DallaTorre

Lori Dennis, one of the celebrity designers participating in The Christopher Kennedy Compound, with Mike Ragan and Allan DallaTorre

Purchase tickets for Show House tours and special events: Click Here. Day of Tickets for daytime tours can also be purchased at the Show House Registration tent, located at 444 East Santiago Way, Palm Springs, during daytime tour hours.

About The Modernism Week Show House 2014: Spearheaded by designer Christopher Kennedy, and presented by Luxe Interiors + Design, this show house celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style. It is open to the public for tours and special events during Modernism Week, February 15-23, 2014. The goal of the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. 

SHOW HOUSE NAMED #1 MUST-EXPERIENCE EVENT FOR MODERNISM WEEK

Blogged by John-Patrick

It is no wonder more than 1,000 modernists visited The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House on its opening day this past Saturday. 

Celebrity designer Christopher Kennedy at the Big Reveal of  Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House on Saturday February 15, 2014. More than 1,000 modernists attended the Opening Day Tours and special evening events.

Celebrity designer Christopher Kennedy at the Big Reveal of  Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House on Saturday February 15, 2014. More than 1,000 modernists attended the Opening Day Tours and special evening events.

Spearheaded by designer Christopher Kennedy, and presented by Luxe Interiors + Design, the show house celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style. Being billed as the quintessential Palm Springs remodel, The Compound has been named the #1 Must-Experience Modernism Week event by The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to read story.

Kennedy called upon the nation's top designers including Jiun Ho, Celerie Kemble, Woodson & Rummerfield, Tamara-Kaye Honey, Thomas Lavin and Lori Dennis to reimagine the John Caranci-built home (circa 1971) for the way we live in Palm Springs today. Each participating celebrity designer created their space to reflect their own style, while honoring the Palm Springs aesthetic.

The Trina Turk designed pool area, the den by Patrick Dragonette, and the $130,000 kitchen remodel designed by Christopher Kennedy in conjunction with Aran Cucine, Cosentino and Thermador, are just a few of the show stopping spaces in the home.

The remodel includes hundreds of thousands of dollars in the latest and best innovations in construction and design elements including moveable glass walls from LaCantina Doors & Windows, smart home technology by Crestron Electronics, and fixtures by Gessi and Neo-Metro.

Award-winning landscape designer Sammy Castro worked with Centeno's Nursery, Landscape Illuminators, The Leak Detectors and Back Nine Greens to create the gardens and exterior living spaces for the Show House.

Nancy Larsen-Haas, who traveled from New York to attend the opening day festivities was amazed at how well orchestrated the home tour experience was. "We had our paper tickets we purchased online with us. Even though there were about 150 people queued up when we first arrived, the lines went fast and once we got through the entry gate, everything moved so smoothly. We were allowed to take our time looking at all the gorgeous rooms and outdoor spaces. What an experience!"

Kennedy's goal for the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. Tickets for daytime tours of The Show House can be purchased online by clicking here, and onsite during daytime tour hours, at the Show House, located at 444 East Santiago Way, Palm Springs, CA 92264

SUNDAY - ADDITIONAL TOUR TICKETS RELEASED

Blogged By John-Patrick -

Sunday, Feb 16: Christopher Kennedy just released additional tickets for today's tours of his Modernism Week Show House. Even though the event was sold out online for today, Kennedy released 200 more tickets, which can be purchased on site directly at The Christopher Kennedy Compound.  The address is 444 East Santiago Way, Palm Springs, in the Indian Canyons neighborhood.

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"We are making a push to reach our goal of raising $100,000 for Modernism Week," said Kennedy. "We are close, but we are not there yet. Yesterday, we had more than 1,000 modernists tour the home to rave reviews.  I just can't reconcile turning people away at the gate - so we have stepped up our team to ready ourselves for more visitors. We just released an additional bank of tickets - for sale directly at the Show House. 

About The Modernism Week Show House 2014: Named by The Hollywood Spearheaded by designer Christopher Kennedy, and presented by Luxe Interiors + Design, this show house celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style. It will open to the public for tours and special events during Modernism Week, February 15-23, 2014. The goal of the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. 

For more information about tours and special events at The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Click Here

 

Show House Producers Hit The Shops Of Palm Springs

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Christopher Kennedy brought on veteran Designer Showcase Producer Vanessa Kogevinas to work with brand specialist John-Patrick to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes at The Christopher Kennedy Compound

Christopher Kennedy brought on veteran Designer Showcase Producer Vanessa Kogevinas to work with brand specialist John-Patrick to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes at The Christopher Kennedy Compound

As the producers for The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House, Vanessa Kogevinas and I work with the designers, the Brand Partners and the wonderful people over at the Modernism Week Committee to keep things running smoothly as possible. For us, its all about the administrative details and keeping everyone informed and happy. But sometimes, we need to get out of the office.

So, at the request of some of the participating Show House designers, we hit the shops and showrooms in Palm Springs. We were the advance team on the lookout for art and accessories to be considered for use in The Christopher Kennedy Compound.

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We started off in the Palm Springs Uptown Design District - where we popped into Trina Turk's store. Trina is one of the celebrity designers for the Show House. Christopher and Luxe Interiors + Design enlisted her to design the pool area. From the plans we've seen - it is going to be all out Trina in her signature Palm Springs-style. We also stopped into Just Modern, where we couldn't resist checking out all the Christopher Kennedy candles. Both his Retro candle and his Palm Springs Neighborhood scents are carried there. And what would a visit to Just Modern be without taking a few moments to chat with the ever so charming Mary Wexler - who always shows off the shop's new products with an infectious enthusiasm that just makes you want everything in the store.

Then we headed next door to Pelago where owners Mark and Bill showed us all their fabulous accessories for the home. They generously offered to accessorize the kitchen and outdoor dining areas in Chilewich - a gorgeous line of placemats, runners and woven floormats that come in so many beautiful bold colors. Perfect for the Modernist in all of us.

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Next stop was the Shops at Thirteen Forty Five - the amazing collective of art galleries and furniture show rooms that feature everything from mid-century iconic finds to modern art by local artists. That's where we ran into gallery owner Shawn Savage who agreed to supply the Show House designers with pieces from his eclectic collection of original art and home accessories featured Savage Home.

The rest of the afternoon was spent visiting dozens of other shops, show rooms, and galleries. Our friends at Flow Modern will be lending vintage lamps to the Show House. Gary Kerr of Fine Art Impressions on Research Drive agreed to provide some of the fabulous art pieces he represents. And we stopped into Warren down on Sunny Dunes and Industrial where we were greeted with the same enthusiastic willingness to help Christopher Kennedy in his quest to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts by creating this phenomenal designer show case.

Thanks to all the merchants in Palm Springs whose generosity is going to make The Christopher Kennedy Compound a must see stop on your Modernism Week excursion!`

Purchase tickets for Show House tours and special events: Click Here  

About The Modernism Week Show House 2014: Spearheaded by designer Christopher Kennedy, and presented by Luxe Interiors + Design, this show house celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style. It will open to the public for tours and special events during Modernism Week, February 15-23, 2014. The goal of the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. 

Dering Hall Interview With Christopher Kennedy

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Dering Hall, the online marketplace for the finest interior designers, architects and artisans, interviewed Christopher Kennedy about his Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House, scheduled to open to the public for tours and special events on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

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Kennedy, a Palm Springs-based designer, called upon Luxe Interiors + Design magazine, 1st Atrium Construction and the leading names in interior design from across the country, to help him create the quintessential Southern California remodel.  The goal of the Show House, is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts, through ticket sales for home tours and other special events, during Modernism Week Palm Springs 2014.

To Read The Full Interview: Click Here

For Show House Tickets: Click Here

Tamara Kaye-Honey on the Modernism Week Show House

Blogged by Tamara Kaye-Honey - 

I love Palm Springs Modernism Week - it's such an iconic SoCal event  - and I couldn't have been more thrilled to be asked to take part as a designer for The Christopher Kennedy Compound Show House.

When I told a friend that I would be designing the powder room she looked at me, somewhat surprised, and said, "But, that's such a small room!"

I've participated in other show houses in the past and, yes, it can be fun to design a large space. However, I truly believe that big possibilities dwell in small spaces too.

In fact, the powder room can be a fabulous room because of it's diminutive size. This is a room everyone will see when you entertain. It's a kind of jewel-box, the most glamorous representation of you. Even the most austere designers will often take risks in a powder room because it is the perfect stage for bold patterns, shimmery surfaces and interesting shapes.

To give you a sneak peek of what I have in store, I've created a mood board with a few of the elements appearing in the room, such as: the fabulously whimsical Fornasetti Acquario wallcovering from Cole & Sons/Kravet; the glam Gessi Mimi sink and faucet; Sideview Glass in Tungsten wall tile from Crossville; the dramatic Stellar Night Silestone vanity counter; a chic vintage tiered lucite Ribbon Pendant light from House of Honey; and the Porcelain Shades in Mist Flooring from Crossville.

I look forward to seeing you there!

To purchase tickets for Show House tours and special events Click Here

About The Modernism Week Show House 2014: Spearheaded by designer Christopher Kennedy, and presented by Luxe Interiors + Design, this show house celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style. It will open to the public for tours and special events during Modernism Week, February 15-23, 2014. The goal of the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. 

Internationally celebrated tastemakers Sammy CastroLori DennisPatrick DragonetteJiun HoCelerie Kemble,  Trina TurkThomas LavinTamara Kaye-Honey, Jaime Rummerfield, and Ron Woodson join Christopher Kennedy and Luxe Interiors + Design in creating the quintessential Palm Springs remodel - brought to life by 1st Atrium ConstructionCrestron Electronics, Gloster, Centeno's Nursery, Landscape Illuminators, Sherwin-WilliamsPIRCHQuadrille and more than two dozen more local, national and international makers of home fixtures, appointments and furnishings.

 

50 SHADES OF....WHITE

Blogged by John-Patrick -

In all the years I've worked with Christopher Kennedy, it has always amazed me at just how much effort he and his design team put into choosing just the right shade of white. It was no different with the Modernism Week Show House.

While Christopher is famous for his bold, vibrant use of color, he sure does value the fresh look of a crisp white shirt, the simplicity of plain white note cards, and of course, the elegant, modern flair of white walls in a home.  

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He and Karen Galvin from Sherwin-Williams, the official paint sponsor of the Christopher Kennedy Compound, spent quite a bit of time reviewing color choices before deciding on Greek Villa for the interior and exterior of the home.

When I asked Christopher why he was choosing white for the main color of the property, he quoted Coco Chanel, “Fashion fades; only style remains.”  He went on to explain that white looks great in any light and has an almost magical effect when it glows in the evening.

Show House Producer Vanessa Kogevinas on site with John Dumesnil and Karen Galvin of Sherwin-Williams, the official paint Brand Partner for The Christopher Kennedy Compound.

Show House Producer Vanessa Kogevinas on site with John Dumesnil and Karen Galvin of Sherwin-Williams, the official paint Brand Partner for The Christopher Kennedy Compound.

About The Modernism Week Show House 2014: Spearheaded by designer Christopher Kennedy, and presented by Luxe Interiors + Design, this show house celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style. It will open to the public for tours and special events during Modernism Week, February 15-23, 2014. The goal of the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. 

Internationally celebrated tastemakers Sammy CastroLori DennisPatrick DragonetteJiun HoCelerie Kemble,  Trina TurkThomas LavinTamara Kaye-Honey, Jaime Rummerfield, and Ron Woodson join Christopher Kennedy and Luxe Interiors + Design in creating the quintessential Palm Springs remodel - brought to life by 1st Atrium ConstructionThe Leak DetectorsBack Nine Greens, Sherwin-WilliamsSavage HomeFlow ModernPIRCHQuadrille and more than two dozen more local, national and international makers of home fixtures, appointments and furnishings.

Purchase tickets for Show House tours and special events: Click Here

First Designer Install at The Christopher Kennedy Compound

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Celerie Kemble couldn't have timed it better. She and her team arrived in Palm Springs, just as the trucks from Elite Relocation, the white glove movers, pulled up to the Show House with her gorgeous furnishings and appointments for the master bedroom.

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We can't give too much away before the Big Reveal on February 15, 2014 - but you can expect to see pieces from Celerie's own lines for Henredon and Maitland-Smith. Her design is also layered with gorgeous product from F. Schumacher, Kyle Bunting, Mallory Page, Leontine Linens, Rosemary Hallgarten and Baccarat.

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Celerie has brought her vision for the patio off the master bedroom to life with beautiful pieces from Gloster, gorgeous fabric from Quadrille and some striking surprises from Zuo Modern and Design Form. Ms. Kemble fell in love with a very special piece from Just Modern in Palm Springs. 

About The Modernism Week Show House 2014: Spearheaded by designer Christopher Kennedy, and presented by Luxe Interiors + Design, this show house celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style. It will open to the public for tours and special events during Modernism Week, February 15-23, 2014. The goal of the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. 

Internationally celebrated tastemakers Sammy CastroLori DennisPatrick DragonetteJiun HoCelerie Kemble,  Trina TurkThomas LavinTamara Kaye-Honey, Jaime Rummerfield, and Ron Woodson join Christopher Kennedy and Luxe Interiors + Design in creating the quintessential Palm Springs remodel - brought to life by 1st Atrium Construction, The Leak DetectorsBack Nine Greens, Sherwin-WilliamsSavage HomeFlow ModernPIRCHQuadrille and more than two dozen more local, national and international makers of home fixtures, appointments and furnishings.

Purchase tickets for Show House tours and special events: Click Here

Tamara Kaye-Honey Signs On To Modernism Show House

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I want to welcome Tamara Kaye-Honey to the illustrious design team of The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House 2014. Tamara's style is charming and wildly imaginative.  Stay tuned to see what she does with The Compound's powder room. 

When Tamara learned that I had joined with Luxe Interiors + Design to create a show house celebrating the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style - she was very interested in participating. Once she heard my goal for the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts - she enthusiastically agreed to rearrange her hectic schedule to help. 

Tamara joins the other internationally celebrated tastemakers Sammy CastroLori DennisPatrick DragonetteJiun HoCelerie Kemble,  Trina TurkThomas LavinJaime Rummerfield, and Ron Woodson in creating the quintessential remodel of this Palm Springs home. The home opens for public tours Saturday, February 15, 2014 and remains open for daytime tours and other special events through out Modernism Week.

Purchase tickets for Show House tours and special events: Click Here

Crunch Time For The Christopher Kennedy Compound

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Above, pictures from the Crossville catalog featuring some of the options Christopher Kennedy and his team of celebrity designers had to choose from for The Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House.

Above, pictures from the Crossville catalog featuring some of the options Christopher Kennedy and his team of celebrity designers had to choose from for The Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House.

Things are shaping up at The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House 2014. In true major remodel fashion - we will all be working up to the last moment - getting ready for the Big Reveal next Saturday, February 15th. The Sherwin-Williams paint is on the walls (and most of the ceilings) and Paul Foreman and his paper hanging crew have been doing their usual best installing the designer wall coverings throughout the house.

Paul Foreman and his crew are almost done with installing the designer wallcoverings at The Show House.

Paul Foreman and his crew are almost done with installing the designer wallcoverings at The Show House.

The Aran Cucine cabinetry is in place, and the incredible craftsmen from Monica Tile & Stone Fabrication have done gorgeous things with the Cosentino quartz that Christopher and his celebrity design team are featuring throughout the house. All you Modernists are in for a treat - we can't wait to share this incredible Show House with you!

The artisans from Monica Tile & Stone Fabrication working with Cosentino quartz on the Show House cocktail bar

The artisans from Monica Tile & Stone Fabrication working with Cosentino quartz on the Show House cocktail bar

Even at this late date, with just a week left before the Big Reveal, new Brand Partners are coming on board to support Christopher Kennedy in his quest to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. We just got word that Centeno's Nursery of Gardena, California will be delivering more than 200 plants so that Sammy Castro can work his magic implementing his landscape plan. Landscape Illuminators will be arriving onsite any moment to bring nocturnal drama to his design.  The Leak Detectors are completing the pool and spa. It is all coming together as planned.

Celebrity Designer Sammy Castro, who is creating most of the exterior plan for The Christopher Kennedy Compound, oversees the completion of the pool and spa by The Leak Detectors.

Celebrity Designer Sammy Castro, who is creating most of the exterior plan for The Christopher Kennedy Compound, oversees the completion of the pool and spa by The Leak Detectors.

Back inside the Show House - our masterful general contractor, Arne from 1st Atrium Construction and all his craftsmen and artisans are finishing up to ready The Compound for the arrival of the celebrity designers and their furnishings. Doors are being installed. Fixtures from Gessi and Neo-Metro are being installed. Tile is being grouted. 

Kristin Kahle, owner and creative genius behind Neo-Metro, with Christopher Kennedy, checking out the guest suite bathroom just before the sink gets installed. Neo-Metro is a major sponsor of The Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House.

Kristin Kahle, owner and creative genius behind Neo-Metro, with Christopher Kennedy, checking out the guest suite bathroom just before the sink gets installed. Neo-Metro is a major sponsor of The Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House.

For a sneak peak at what Christopher, 1st Atrium Construction and our wonderful supporters from Crossville have put together to make this Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House shine - click here.

About The Modernism Week Show House 2014: Spearheaded by designer Christopher Kennedy, and presented by Luxe Interiors + Design, this show house celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style. It will open to the public for tours and special events during Modernism Week, February 15-23, 2014. The goal of the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. 

Internationally celebrated tastemakers Sammy CastroLori DennisPatrick DragonetteJiun HoCelerie Kemble,  Trina TurkThomas LavinTamara Kaye-Honey, Jaime Rummerfield, and Ron Woodson join Christopher Kennedy and Luxe Interiors + Design in creating the quintessential Palm Springs remodel - brought to life by 1st Atrium ConstructionMonica Tile & FabricationThe Leak DetectorsBack Nine Greens, Sherwin-WilliamsSavage HomeFlow ModernPIRCHQuadrille and more than two dozen more local, national and international makers of home fixtures, appointments and furnishings.

Purchase tickets for Show House tours and special events: Click Here


Modernism Week Palm Springs 2014: Locally Inspired, Internationally Admired

Blogged By Patricia Lockwood - 

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Naturally, Modernism Week, with its lectures, films, exhibits and home tours pays tribute to the iconic architects and artisans who built our valley – living here and running their businesses from here. As a design community, it is natural that we respect the important names like Alexander, Cody, Neutra, Lautner, and Frey. But this year, I am delighted that we are also shining the spot light on contemporary visionaries like my friend and colleague, Christopher Kennedy, who is carrying on the tradition of fabulous design in the Coachella Valley.

Designer Christopher Kennedy, mastermind behind this year’s Modernism Week Show House

Designer Christopher Kennedy, mastermind behind this year’s Modernism Week Show House

This year, Kennedy has stepped up to raise $100,000 for Modernism Week and other architectural preservation efforts, by spearheading a Designer Show House that reflects how the design community of today reinterprets the iconic architecture of yesteryear, for the way we live today. Together with Luxe Interiors + Design, and more than sixty local, national and international design resources, Kennedy will reveal the quintessential remodel of a John Caranci built home, circa 1971. One of the anchor events for this year’s Modernism Week, The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House 2014 is an absolute must see attraction. I applaud how Christopher approached this project by going national and international while staying local. He called upon local design resources like PIRCH, Modern Home, Egg & Dart and Savage Home, to remodel this property with product from all over the world.

If You Go: The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House. Public tours 2/15/14- 2/23/14.  To Purchase tickets: click here

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About The Modernism Week Show House 2014: Spearheaded by designer Christopher Kennedy, and presented by Luxe Interiors + Design, this show house celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style. It will open to the public for tours and special events during Modernism Week, February 15-23, 2014. The goal of the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. 

Internationally celebrated tastemakers Sammy CastroLori DennisPatrick DragonetteJiun HoCelerie Kemble,  Trina TurkThomas LavinTamara Kaye-Honey, Jaime Rummerfield, and Ron Woodson join Christopher Kennedy and Luxe Interiors + Design in creating the quintessential Palm Springs remodel - brought to life by 1st Atrium ConstructionMonica Tile & FabricationThe Leak DetectorsBack Nine Greens, Sherwin-WilliamsSavage HomeFlow ModernPIRCHQuadrille and more than two dozen more local, national and international makers of home fixtures, appointments and furnishings.

Diary of a Show House Kitchen

Blogged by Christopher Kennedy -

The design for this Modernism Week Show House kitchen calls for clean, gorgeous and spectacular. I knew I wanted to combine function with fabulous. So I called upon my friend Gordon Hsing at Aran Cucine, the best selling Italian kitchen in the world, to help me create a space that would truly wow the Modernist community.

The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Kitchen Before

The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Kitchen Before

The kitchen, as it existed in The Compound when I acquired it, was a functional but dated space, with dropped ceilings and a dark color palette. I understand why the former designer did what he did given the year it was created. But I knew this space needed to be re-imagined for how we live in Palm Springs today.

It's no secret that kitchens are now the hub of most homes.  Everyone gathers in the kitchen.  The original floor plan included a large breakfast area.  In my experience, most Palm Springs homes don't need three eating areas: a formal dining room, a large breakfast room, and an outdoor dining room.  So, Gordon and I eliminated the breakfast area and used the entire space for the new kitchen.  We added a center island, with enough space for four counter stools, so there is still an opportunity for casual dining in the kitchen.

I can't give away too much before our Big Reveal on February 15th, but here is a computer generated depiction of our remodel for The Compound's kitchen.

The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Kitchen reimagined - computer-generated image

The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Kitchen reimagined - computer-generated image

Together, Gordon and I have created a bright, sophisticated modern space that acknowledges that yes - the party often ends up in the kitchen, but in Palm Springs, we spend most of our time by the pool. So we've gone big creating a 250 square foot room, separated from the rest of the home's interiors. We incorporated a large LaCantina fold back window atop a service bar accessible to the pool area, taking full advantage of the gorgeous mountain views. A deluxe appliance package from Thermador, glistening countertops from Cosentino, and a gorgeous tile floor from Crossville add to the sleek appeal.

About The Modernism Week Show House 2014: Spearheaded by designer Christopher Kennedy, and presented by Luxe Interiors + Design, this show house celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style. It will open to the public for tours and special events during Modernism Week, February 15-23, 2014. The goal of the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. 

Internationally celebrated tastemakers Sammy CastroLori DennisPatrick DragonetteJiun HoCelerie Kemble,  Trina TurkThomas LavinTamara Kaye-Honey, Jaime Rummerfield, and Ron Woodson join Christopher Kennedy and Luxe Interiors + Design in creating the quintessential Palm Springs remodel - brought to life by 1st Atrium ConstructionMonica Tile & FabricationThe Leak DetectorsBack Nine Greens, Sherwin-WilliamsSavage HomeFlow ModernPIRCHQuadrille and more than two dozen more local, national and international makers of home fixtures, appointments and furnishings.

 

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Thomas Lavin Joins Design Team For Luxe Modernism Week Show House 2014

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In a major coup for the design world, I am pleased to announce that style maker, true jet-setter and much admired LA show room owner Thomas Lavin has joined our already powerful roster of designers participating in The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House 2014, presented by Luxe Interiors + Design. The Show House opens to the public on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Tickets are now on sale.

Through his eponymous show room in the Los Angeles Pacific Design Center, Thomas Lavin brings us an unparalleled range of international, exclusive, high-end home furnishings, fabrics, lighting and accessories. He will be tapping the phenomenal lines he carries in his show room to create the guest bedroom suite for The Compound. Perhaps we'll see product from Christian Liaigre, Romo, and Rosemary Hallgarten - but that is pure conjecture on my part. We can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve for this space. Whatever it is - we know it will be fabulous!

The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House 2014: The Guest Suite

The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House 2014: The Guest Suite

The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House 2014: The Guest Suite

The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House 2014: The Guest Suite

About The Modernism Week Show House 2014: Spearheaded by designer Christopher Kennedy, and presented by Luxe Interiors + Design, this show house celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style. It will open to the public for tours and special events during Modernism Week, February 15-23, 2014. The goal of the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. 

Internationally celebrated tastemakers Sammy CastroLori DennisPatrick DragonetteJiun HoCelerie Kemble,  Trina TurkThomas LavinTamara Kaye-Honey, Jaime Rummerfield, and Ron Woodson join Christopher Kennedy and Luxe Interiors + Design in creating the quintessential Palm Springs remodel - brought to life by 1st Atrium ConstructionMonica Tile & FabricationThe Leak DetectorsBack Nine Greens, Sherwin-WilliamsSavage HomeFlow ModernPIRCHQuadrille and more than two dozen more local, national and international makers of home fixtures, appointments and furnishings.

 

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Purchase tickets for Show House tours and special events: Click Here

Modernism: Palm Springs is Primping and Prepping!

Blogged by John-Patrick - 

Everywhere you go in Palm Springs, people are getting ready for Modernism Week. Finishing touches are being added to the dozens of homes that will be on tour. Art Galleries are hanging their new installations. The swank boutique hotels like the Palm Springs Rendezvous, The Horizon, Villa Royale Inn and The Movie Colony Hotel, are all polishing their mid-century bling and getting ready for the crowds to pour in to town.

The Palm Springs Rendezvous - one of the hip hotels sponsoring The Christopher Kennedy Compound in our journey to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. The Rendezvous is a Member Property of the Small Hotels of Palm Springs (SHoPS) - a very cool collection of boutique properties.

 

Tickets for Modernism Week tours, parties and special events are selling out quickly. Two of the the three Special Twilight Tours at The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House are already sold out but there are still tickets available for the daytime tours.  The Modern Garden Tour is sold out, as are most of the Sunnylands Tours. But not to worry -  there are still lots of events, exhibits, lectures and movies that you can reserve for - but don't wait too long.  It looks as though Modernism Week will be breaking all records for attendance this year.

If you need a quick overview of Modernism Week Palm Springs, take a look at the video below, or visit the website at www.modernismweek.com

About The Modernism Week Show House 2014: Spearheaded by designer Christopher Kennedy, and presented by Luxe Interiors + Design, this show house celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style. It will open to the public for tours and special events during Modernism Week, February 15-23, 2014. The goal of the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. 

Internationally celebrated tastemakers Sammy CastroLori DennisPatrick DragonetteJiun HoCelerie Kemble,  Trina TurkThomas LavinTamara Kaye-Honey, Jaime Rummerfield, and Ron Woodson join Christopher Kennedy and Luxe Interiors + Design in creating the quintessential Palm Springs remodel - brought to life by 1st Atrium ConstructionMonica Tile & FabricationThe Leak DetectorsBack Nine Greens, Sherwin-WilliamsSavage HomeFlow ModernPIRCHQuadrille and more than two dozen more local, national and international makers of home fixtures, appointments and furnishings.

A Sneak Peak At The Christopher Kennedy Compound

Blogged by John-Patrick - 

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Christopher Kennedy is backed by his Modernism Week Show House Brand Partners - figuratively and literally. More than three dozen local, national and international sponsors have come on board with the latest and greatest fixtures, building materials and services to create what promises to be an epic treat for all Modernists visiting Palm Springs in mid February.

In the photo above, Christopher and a few of the movers and shakers behind the Show House smile for the camera while on a walk though of the property, which is currently under major construction. There is less than a month before the Show House opens to the public on February 15, 2014. 

L-R: John T. Dumesnil and Karen Galvin of Sherwin-Williams, Michelle Baker of Crestron Electronics, Beata Van Den Berg of Cosentino Silestone, Vanessa Kogevinas who is producing the Show House, and Jim Murdock of PIRCH.  

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Purchase tickets for Show House tours and special events: Click Here

About The Modernism Week Show House 2014: Spearheaded by designer Christopher Kennedy, and presented by Luxe Interiors + Design, this show house celebrates the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet-set American style. It will open to the public for tours and special events during Modernism Week, February 15-23, 2014. The goal of the Show House is to raise $100,000 for Modernism and other architectural preservation efforts. 

Internationally celebrated tastemakers Sammy CastroLori DennisPatrick DragonetteJiun HoCelerie Kemble,  Trina TurkThomas LavinTamara Kaye-Honey, Jaime Rummerfield, and Ron Woodson join Christopher Kennedy and Luxe Interiors + Design in creating the quintessential Palm Springs remodel - brought to life by 1st Atrium ConstructionMonica Tile & FabricationThe Leak DetectorsBack Nine Greens, Sherwin-WilliamsSavage HomeFlow ModernPIRCHQuadrille and more than two dozen more local, national and international makers of home fixtures, appointments and furnishings.